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The Matthew Caygill Lecture

The School of Cultural Studies & Humanities is pleased to welcome Dr Madeleine Davis who will give the inaugural Matthew Caygill Lecture on a subject close to Matthew’s interests.

Madeleine Davis (Queen Mary, University of London) will speak on ‘Among the ordinary people’: the New Left and working class political organisation’. Madeleine specialises in the history of political thought, particularly the development of socialist thought in Britain in the twentieth century. She has published on the work of intellectuals and activists associated with the post-1956 British New Left, and has a forthcoming book on The British New Left and its Legacy.

Madeleine’s research overlaps with many of Matthew Caygill’s historical interests as well as the contemporary concerns and challenges facing political activists. Matthew, a much loved and respected colleague, teacher, activist and friend who passed away suddenly in 2016, was keen to help students and younger researchers to think through ideas – particularly related to political ideology and social and cultural theory – and apply them to their own research. He had recently started his own PhD research into the cultural politics of the New Left during the 1960s.


Matthew was an integral member of staff in the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities, not least as our long-serving UCU rep. He taught on multiple courses since the university’s days as a polytechnic, organised memorable student trips to Berlin and Paris, and even taught students from other schools in the university. A committed interdisciplinarian, passionate educator, and staunch political activist, Matthew embodied Cultural Studies as we practice it in the classroom, through our research and in the wider community.

We are pleased to have the support of Taking Soundings, which Matthew co-founded with the aim to stimulate discussions about issues of contemporary cultural and political concern. 

The event is free to attend, but booking is required. Refreshments will also be available at the event. 

For further information, please contact Shane Ewen by email at s.ewen@leedsbeckett.ac.uk, or by telephone on 0113 812 3340.

Event Details

3 May 2017 -
3 May 2017
17:30 - 19:00
Leeds Beckett University, Rose Bowl Lecture Theatre B, City Campus
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